Portland Strategic BroadBand Plan: Connecting Our Future

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  • Work Session July 26 2011
  • Voted 4-0 Sep 14 2011

Connecting Our Future: Portland Strategic Broadband Plan Council Work Session

Day/Date: Tuesday, July, 26, 2011
Time: 9:30a.m.-11:30p.m.
Place: Council Chambers, Portland City Hall

Event Streamed by Portland Community Media

  • Live stream on cable CityNet 30 [1]

Portland is laying seminal ground work for Wireless and Wirelined municipal and regional strategy.

All welcome to attend the upcoming City Council Work Session on Portland's draft Broadband Strategic Plan, Connecting to our Future on July 26, 2011 at 9:30 am, either:

  • On site in Council Chambers, City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Portland.
  • Stream on cable CityNet 30

The session will feature, among other presenters:

  • Anthony Townsend, Institute of the Future and co-author of The Future of Cities, Information and Inclusion [2]
  • Amber Case, Portland native and Cyborg Anthropologist, TedxWomen presenter, and recent Portland Seed Fund recipient for Geoloqi, who will speak on the Internet of Things [3]

Looking forward to seeing you there for this sauce of the awesome line up!

The session materials packet (including agenda and times of presenters) can be found at [4]

A great Prezi format of the Portland Broadband Strategy Planning and its confluence with global and National Broadband Strategy Planning is posted here: [5]

See also the recent Portland FCC Notice of Inquiry (NOI) on Broadband Acceleration [6]

Connecting Our Future: Portland Strategic Broadband Plan Kick-Off

Day/Date: Friday, January 28, 2011
Time: 9:45a.m.-12:00p.m.
Place: Council Chambers, Portland City Hall

Event Streamed Live by Portland Community Media

Portland Broadband Strategic Plan Kick-off event video [7]

Meeting Purpose

Kick-off the planning process for Portland’s Strategic Broadband Plan


  • Engage key stakeholders to commit to develop the plan over the next 6 months.
  • Raise awareness of the importance of broadband infrastructure, access and adoption for Portland's future.

Coffee & Mingle


Our Agenda

Mary Beth Henry, City of Portland

A Little History

David Olson, City of Portland

Setting Priorities

Commissioner Saltzman, Portland City Council

Broadband as Foundation for Future

Anthony Townsend, The Institute for the Future, Author of The Future of Cities, Information and Inclusion

Why Having a Broadband Strategy Is Not Optional

Joanne Hovis, CTC

Broadband Survey Key Findings

Alan Alexander, Chair Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission

Industry Outlook – Plans for the Future of Broadband in Portland

  • Adam Grzybicki, President - AT&T Oregon
  • Hank Fore, Regional Sr. VP, Comcast
  • John Nee, VP Corporate Communications, Integra
  • Chris Denzin, CenturyLink – General Manager, Portland

The New Age of Broadband

Steven Bass, CEO Oregon Public Broadcasting

Broadband as a Tool to Accomplish Local Goals

Economic Development

Gerald Baugh, Portland Development Commission

Public Safety

Chief Klum, Fire Bureau

Education and Health

Don Westlight, OHSU

Digital Inclusion

Julia Meyer, Coalition of Communities of Color (invited)

Planning, Sustainability, Transportation

Michelle Crim, PDX Climate Action Plan

Broadband, Opportunity and Inclusiveness

Lew Fredericks, State Representative

Portland’s BB Strategic Plan Process

Mary Beth Henry & Nancy Jesuale

Last Words

Commissioner Amanda Fritz

External Links

  • Portland City Council approves 'prudent' broadband plan [8]